Thursday, August 24, 2006

'The Turning', by Tim Winton

(Book recommendation from JMG). Just out in paperback, The Turning is a stunning collection of 17 linked short stories set in a Western Australian town called Angelus : adolescence, middle age and the moments that make us what we are, especially the 'turnings' in our lives. Always powerful, written in a sharp and sensuous prose. Start with the first, 'Big World', an ironic title for a resonant tale about hopes and disappointments. 'Small Mercies' could be an entire novel. There's hardly a weak story here. Tim Winton is a serious talent.

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